Capital region faces hard freeze, possible snow

La. climatologist: only 20% chance

“It’s a 20 percent chance of rain and/or snow,” said Barry Keim, state climatologist.

Without precipitation, there’s no snow so the chance of everyone seeing sleet or snow Thursday evening is slim, but there’s still a chance.

“Most places are likely to miss it altogether,” he said.

The air near the ground is going to be very dry, Keim said, so even if there is rain or snow, it could evaporate before it hits the ground.

He said the National Weather Service kept snow flurries in the forecast because one computer model showed some small amounts of moisture getting through. No accumulation is expected Thursday night or Friday morning.

The cold front will bring another hard freeze watch from Thursday evening through Friday morning. Temperatures in Baton Rouge are expected to be in the low to mid-20 degrees and below-freezing temperatures to hang around for 12 to 15 hours.

The temperatures will be low enough to be considered life-threatening to people, livestock and pets, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures won’t get too much warmer Friday night, with lows expected at 28 degrees in Baton Rouge.

In New Orleans, there’s a slight chance of rain or sleet Thursday night with temperatures expected to get down to 30 degrees. There also is a freeze watch in effect from Thursday night through Friday morning as temperatures are expected to dip into the upper 20s and lower 30s.

In Lafayette, there is a 20 percent chance of snow or sleet Thursday night and a slight chance of rain and sleet Friday morning with low temperatures expected to be near 25 degrees.